ista supports building competition in Dubai


At the international building competition Solar Decathlon universities compete to get a funding for their innovative and sustainable building projects. Student team VIRTUe of TU Eindhoven takes part in the competition and will be supported by ista Netherlands. ista made the water meters with M-Bus protocol for the project on energy efficiency.

An interactive clock that indicates energy use, the use of direct current to save energy, a large, shared space making living efficient and sociable: these are just some features of the innovative and sustainable house student team VIRTUe of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) built on the TU/e campus. With this house they represent the Netherlands in the international building competition.

ista supports building competition in Dubai

Residents connect with technology and with each other. This is what VIRTUe – a team of more than 40 students of the TU/e and Fontys University of Applied Science – want to achieve with the self-designed residential building named LINQ. It’s an apartment complex with several floors based around a sharing economy for residents.

“The rooms are separated by a large, shared space that brings residents into contact with each other”, says Ellen van den Bersselaar, project manager of VIRTUe. “There’s a lot of green here – a vertical garden – and people here share facilities such as the kitchen, washing room and gym.” The team believes that this stimulates a diverse and social community, but also saves energy and housing costs.

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With LINQ the students represent the Netherlands in the international building competition Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 in Dubai, which begins on 14 November. During the competition the team will actually build one of the houses of the complex.

It concerns the top building with the slanted roof with solar panels: thanks to the slightly slanted angle, it has a maximum energy yield and it gives the building shade and coolness.

Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is an international building competition for universities geared towards the promotion of innovative and sustainable building. Teams get ten days to build their house. All designers are then assessed in ten different categories– hence the name ‘decathlon’ – such as architecture, energy use and innovation. There is an overall winner and partial winners per part. The total prize money is approximately €2.3 million. In total, 21 teams are participating from 16 countries across the world.


ista Netherlands, a major supporter of sustainable energy use, was also approached to contribute to this project. ista made the water meters with M-Bus protocol and the data collector available, so water use is also made transparent. Naturally, ista is following the project closely for you and wishes student team VIRTUe of TU Eindhoven lots of luck in Dubai.